Map Books of 2010

Map books of 2010

Once again, to help with your gift shopping, I’ve compiled a list of noteworthy books about maps that were published in 2010. There are 10 books on the list this year: they include new atlases, web mapping manuals, a history of the Ordnance Survey, curated collections of maps, and scholarly studies of the use and power of maps.

The list can be found in three places: here for Canada, here for the U.K., and here for the U.S. — choose the one that best suits your location. Sales from these pages generate affiliate revenue for this blog; you may have noticed that I’ve started adding Amazon referral links for their Canadian and U.K. operations, which is why everything is now in triplicate.

As was the case last year, I haven’t seen all of these books, but I’ve reviewed two of them so far and am likely to review two more.

Some books didn’t make this list through no fault of their own: GIS manuals are too specialized for a mainstream audience (I almost didn’t include the OSM manuals and Map Scripting 101 for the same reason, but figured that web mapping was of interest beyond the geospatial industry), and a new edition of Oxford’s Atlas of the World — now in its 17th edition (Canada, U.K.) — is an annual affair. And one significant wrinkle: Rachel Hewitt’s Map of a Nation, her history of the Ordnance Survey, isn’t available in the U.S. or Canada.

Previously: Map Books of 2009.